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UPDATE: Our keynote speakers are Arne Itner and Greg Sutherland. The updated preliminary program is now available (come for the fruit flies, stay for the minipigs).

DANDIS 2019: Animal models in neurodegeneration and beyond

The Dementia, Ageing and Neurodegeneration DISeases group (DANDIS) is hosting a satellite meeting to 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Neuroscience (ANS) in Adelaide. The meeting will be held on Saturday 30 November, 2019 just before the main meeting.


Registration includes morning tea and lunch.

Registration is open via the EventBrite (DANDIS 2019: Animal models in neurodegeneration and beyond).

The Theme

This year this intimate and highly regarded meeting's theme is Animal models in neurodegeneration and beyond

The venue is AHMS G030 Lecture Theatre in the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building on the North Terrace, close to the main ANS meeting and most hotels, with several public transport options including the trams that run along north terrace (Botanic, Festival and Glenelg). The meeting will run from 8:30 to 4:00 pm.

The venue is in the heart of the Festival City and has state of the art audiovisual systems and lecture theatres of a capacity suitable for a prestigious meeting. It provides easy access to museums, fine and alfresco dining and a host of cultural events.

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The venue will be on the North Terrace, not far from the main ANS venue, with extensive public transport options. The trams are the best option, although walking is easy from most city hotels

The program:

The preliminary program for the meeting is now available. Our Our keynote speakers are Arne Itner and Greg Sutherland. Click here to download the updated preliminary program as a PDF.


After the meeting registrants are invited to join the organisers and invited speakers for an informal dinner at one of our local restaurants. Unfortunately registrants will have to bear the cost of the dinner themselves, but the venues are reasonably priced and a variety of food styles can be found.

The Meeting:

The DANDIS satellite to the ANS Annual Scientific Meeting is one of only two major Australian annual meetings focused on neurodegeneration research. This intimate meeting is an ideal venue for students and early career researchers to showcase their work to international experts in the field. This year will feature innovative "flash presentations" for ECRs.

This year we will feature a "flash presentations" session, specifically aimed at Early Career researchers, where poster presenter has one powerpoint slide and two minutes to present their research. This fast and furious (and often humorous) format (like the two minute thesis) gives every presenter an opportunity to showcase their work in a friendly atmosphere.

The Theme:

"Animal models have enhanced our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms (often in the context of ageing) that contribute to various neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The goal of this meeting is to showcase the latest research from a wide range of models (e.g. C. elegans, Drosophila, Zebrafish and Mouse) and how the knowledge acquired from animal models can inform the development of novel therapeutic strategies for these devastating diseases now and into the future."

As well as the main theme, participants are invited to submit abstracts on any aspect of aging and neurodegeneration.

Abstract Submission:

Both oral and "flash presentations" presentations are available. We particularly encourage students and early career researchers to present. Abstract submission will be open until November 22, abstracts cannot be accepted unless the presenter is registered for the DANDIS satellite. Participants are invited to submit abstracts on any aspect of aging and neurodegeneration, although abstracts relating to the main theme are encouraged. Instructions on abstract preparation and a word template for the abstract are here. The abstract file must be given a meaningful title to distinguish it from all other abstracts. The title must be of the form presentername_oral_abstract.doc or presentername_poster_abstract.doc

Email the abstract to dandis@internode.on.net . Clearly indicate if the abstract is to be considered for oral, "flash" or either presentation.-->

Associated Meetings

When planning your conference visit please also consider the Cell Architecture Special Interest Group (CADD) meeting on 1 December as well as ANS (2-5 December) and its other satellite meetings. These meetings provide opportunities for students and ECRs/MCRs to present their research as oral presentations.

Organising Committee:

Morgan NewmanLouise O'KeefeIan MusgraveSher Li TanAnuradha Tennakoon
Morgan Newman:
University of Adelaide
Louise O'Keefe:
University of
Adelaide and SAMRI
Ian Musgrave:
University of Adelaide
Sher Li Tan:
University of Adelaide
Anuradha Tennakoon:
University of Adelaide

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Australasian Neuroscience Society University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences